The evolution of my computer chronology: Part 1
note: Dates are approximate due to aging and the fact that I don’t keep a journal.
The year was 1988 and it was my first encounter with a computer; an Apple Macintosh 2. I remember like it was yesterday. I was in the 8th grade and I would race home in the afternoon to play Dark Castle. This was the first and last time I have ever used an Apple computer; even though I really, really want one.
Eight years later was my second encounter with a computer and I promised myself to never let that much time to go by again. It was a hand me down IBM computer with a 486 processor that my girlfriend (now wife) gave me. I was in college at the time so I mainly used to write papers, play Solitaire and track my Madden 96 football stats. It was on this computer that I also discovered AOL chat rooms but we won’t go there. That computer lasted me several years!
2000 - My next computer was a desktop HP Pavilion with Windows ME. I loved this
computer and used it for a multitude of projects, mostly web design and
yes, chat rooms. Scanning my hard drive for disk errors was a common
task, even though my computer was never infected. For some reason, I
just liked doing this. Weird, I know.
2002 - I bought a Sony Vaio laptop with Windows XP. It was definitely a
Pentium processor although I can’t recall which one. It was a slick
design and it was the first computer I explored PC gaming with;
Battlefield 1942 and Counter Strike. I didn’t play online quite yet
because our internet connection at that time was a little slow, and
besides, I felt that single player was much more compelling believe it
or not. My Vaio lasted about 3 years until the hard drive crashed. It
survived through several spillages, accidental drops and a multitude of
2005 - Next up were my Dell laptops. Yes, I bought two; and I was able
to justify it in my head at the time of the purchase but I can’t
remember what that was anymore. Anyhow, both were Inspirions but one
was an XPS which I used for gaming. Multiplayer gaming was not only a
hobby but it completely consumed my life. I went through Half Life,
BF2, Rainbow 6, Farcry all in about 6 months time; and pulling all
nighters were common on the weekend. The other Inspirion was mainly for
my wife, which she used for random tasks; Shutterfly, email, and
surfing the net. We still have this laptop today which my daughters use
to play online games on Nickjr.com.
2006 - I took the bold move to build my own computer with the help of a
friend. My XPS just wasn’t cutting it anymore and I needed a new
computer, a desktop with some juice. Online games were exploding and
new FPS (First Person Shooters) games were launching every week and I
didn’t want to get left behind. It cost me roughly $1,200 and a few
hours at Frys. If I remember the specs correctly, it has a Core 2 Duo
processor, an Nvidia 8800 GTX (768MB) graphics card and 4GB of RAM.
All I know is that it was the fastest computer one could have at that
time; and often enjoyed spawning first on BF2 because of it. If you
play FPS games, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Everyone
hated me on those servers and I loved it!
Unfortunately to my dismay,
I haven’t played a PC game in about a year and I am sad. From what I am
told, that computer is still considered to be one of the fastest
although I am not sure how long that will last. I am honestly thinking
about the Core i7 right about now; and not just because I work for
2008 - Just last year I bought an HP with a Core 2 Duo processor and it
was long overdue. Over the last couple of years, I have become highly
addicted to the internet. It’s not uncommon for me to have Sony Vegas,
Photoshop, Twhirl (twitter app), Yahoo! Messenger, Outlook and
multitude of web pages all open at the same time. So speed and
efficiency are important to me. I even bought my wife a netbook so
that she wouldn’t use my machine anymore. Besides, all she does is
surf the internet so the netbook is perfect for her.
It’s quite obvious that new computers are generally faster than older
ones; that’s a given. I just really can’t imagine multi-tasking as much
as I do today on any of the older machines I had in the past. I’d go
2009 - Not sure what’s next but I am sure something will arise. I’ll keep you updated.
Talk to me – what’s your computer chronology?
I was just reminded that I did play Oregon Trail in the 5th grade or so. I comletely forgot about that. Thanks Gabe!